So the book buying ban is going swimmingly. Only another 12 books have been added to the collection. This week I’ve bought 3 new actual books, 2 ebooks, and, a whopping, 7 audiobooks. Admittedly, 2 of those audible purchases were with 2 of the credits I’ve been letting stack up so I didn’t exactly pay for them this week. I’m trying to get better at not using up all of my space though and have spent some of today sorting out things I no longer need/want. It’s hard because I’m a pathetic hoarder. I need to go on a TV show like obsessive compulsive cleaners or something and just have someone else sort my life out. I’ll just sit over here reading so I can decrease the size of my TBR pile. Currently it’s taller than the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building).
- The Answers by Catherine Lacey
So, I caved and bought three books this week. I’m not proud of myself but I’m super happy with all of them. So, what am I gonna do?
- Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh: The latest cookbook from one of my favourite chefs, Yotam Ottolenghi, is all about desserts. Two of my favourite things, the second being sugar, coming together in a gorgeously designed book. I had to have this. If you haven’t checked out of Ottolenghi before then you should. His recipes are so flavoursome and interesting.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood: So I already have a couple of copies of this book but I saw a post on Waterstones’ Instagram that made me impulse buy another. This new, hardback edition of the book is bloody gorgeous. It’s all black with a bit of red and loads of embossed details. I fell in love instantly. Check my Instagram soon.
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen: When buying The Handmaid’s Tale I had the choice of paying for delivery of buying another book. Clearly, I went with the more expensive option and bought another book. I love Bruce Springsteen (but, really, who doesn’t?) and have wanted his memoirs for ages. I’m probably going to end up getting the audiobook because it seems like the best way to do it. But having a paperback copy too can’t really hurt.
- Kindle books
- Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets by David Thomas Moore (ed.): This book appeared on my BookBub email one day and it sounded too intriguing to miss. This is a collection of stories from a bunch of sci-fi and fantasy writers that takes the famous detective in a whole host of new directions. It sounds kind of fun and silly. I’m not expecting greatness but what harm can it do? Especially at the price I bought it for.
- Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: This is one of those books that most bookish people seem to have read so, again, when it appeared cheap on BookBub I decided it was time to try it out. It’s a crazy mystery set in a bookshop. How am I not going to love this?
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: This is one of those super exciting Audible original dramas that has such an amazing cast that I couldn’t refuse. I don’t think I’ve ever read Treasure Island. My knowledge of the original comes from my love of the Muppet version. Now, consideirng how faithful Mupper Christmas Carol is to the original, I’m gonna say that I’m aware enough of the story. Still, this adaptation should be pretty good.
- Believe Me by Eddie Izzard: I’ve loved Eddie Izzard’s comedy for many years and think he’s an incredibly inspirational and interesting person. To be quite honest, I used to have a tiny crush on him back in the day but, let’s face it, I have a tiny crush on just about everybody. So, I was super excited for the release of his memoir earlier this year. Rather than buying the book, I decided it was better to hear the audibook. There’ll be something about hearing Eddie speaking his own words that just makes it better. I can’t wait.
- The Butterfly Effect With Jon Ronson by Jon Ronson: To be honest, this one was free so I didn’t exactly buy it nor did I really look into it before I did. It’s about porn and the tech industry. Not exactly my usual topics for light reading but maybe something interesting.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery: Another book that I’ve never read and thought I should change it. And why not save myself some time by listening to it instead.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Why did I buy this? It cost me 50p. If something is so criminally cheap then I really cant’ pass it up. Simple as that.
- The Podfather Trilogy – Season Four of The Ricky Gervais Show: I love the Ricky Gervais podcast and used to own a copy of all of the seasons. I lost them somewhere along the way so when these turned up cheap on Audible I thought “why not?”. I love Karl Pilkington and the relationship he has with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is just glorious. It’s so hard to listen to these and not die laughing. I need these for when work is getting me down.
- Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season: See above.
- Netflix Binges: Modern Family
- The Breakfast Club